Wheel of Dhamma

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Torana
Dhamma Toraṇa, Egbert, Ontario, Canada
Centre Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): English

Dhamma Torana (Auspicious Gateway of Dhamma) is aptly named. The nearest major city, Toronto has been recognized by the United Nations as the most diverse city in the world, with more cultures and religions represented there than anywhere else. The centre has over 140 acres of beautiful woods, open spaces and ravines. A variety of wildlife shares the land with the meditators. The surrounding countryside is mostly agricultural, but a number of small towns and the city of Barrie are nearby.
How to Apply to Attend or Serve a Course
  1. Access the application form by clicking Apply for the desired course. Old students will be given the option to serve.
  2. Please carefully read the Introduction to the Technique and Code of Discipline which you will be asked to follow during your course.
  3. Fully and completely fill out all the sections of application form and submit it. An application is required to register for all courses.
  4. Await notification. All correspondence will be through e-mail if you give an e-mail address in your application. Due to the large volume of applications, it may take up to two weeks before receiving notification.
  5. If your application is accepted then we require you to confirm you will be attending in order to secure your place in the course.
Additional information
Ontario Vipassana Centre -- Dhamma Torana
6486 Simcoe County Road 56
Egbert, Ontario, L0L 1N0, Canada
Email: [email protected]
Phone: [1](416) 342-6229
Fax: [1](866) 691-5214 (Toll-Free in North America)
 
Teenagers' and Children's Courses

Dhamma Torana offers one day Teen courses age from 13-17 and Children courses from 8-12.

2019 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply 18 May Children Girls - Open Boys - Closed Servers - Open Egbert
Apply 19 May Teen Open Egbert
 
Ten Day & Other Adult Courses

See Comments for any special instructions for each course in this section.

All ten day courses begin on the evening of the first day, continue for ten full days and end on the early morning of the last day.

If you have any serious food allergies, or due to medical issues, need a 5 pm meal or some other special consideration, please be sure to include this information in your application. If we receive this information after your application has been processed this may affect your status on the course and we may not be able to serve you  properly.

Please apply for no more than two ten-day courses at a time.

During the registration process, you will be receiving few Emails from us. If you don't, please check your Spam/Junk Mail box.

2019 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
17 Apr - 28 Apr 10-Day In Progress Egbert Female AT Fluent in English and Sinhalese
Apply 28 Apr - 03 May Work Period Servers - Open Egbert For old students
Apply 03 May - 12 May Satipatthana Sutta New Women - Closed Old Women - Short Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Egbert For old students
Apply 12 May - 17 May Work Period Servers - Open Egbert For old students
Apply 20 May - 22 May Work Period Servers - Open Egbert For old students
Apply 22 May - 26 May 3-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Short Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Egbert For old students
Female AT Fluent in English and Hindi
Apply 26 May - 29 May Work Period Servers - Open Egbert For old students
Apply 29 May - 09 Jun 10-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Long Wait List New Men - Closed Old Men - Long Wait List Servers - Open Egbert Male Assistant Teacher Fluent in English, Hindi and Gujarati.
Apply 09 Jun - 12 Jun Work Period Servers - Open Egbert For old students
Apply 12 Jun - 23 Jun 10-Day New Women - Long Wait List Old Women - Wait List Men - Wait List Servers - Open Egbert Female AT Fluent in English and Hindi
Apply 23 Jun - 26 Jun Work Period Servers - Open Egbert For old students
Apply 26 Jun - 07 Jul 10-Day
Hindi / English
New Women - Wait List Old Women - Short Wait List New Men - Wait List Old Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Egbert Male and Female teachers are Fluent in Hindi and English
07 Jul Jubilee Celebration
Applications accepted starting 07 Jun Egbert For old students
July 3rd 1969, S.N. Goenka conducted his first Vipassana course. To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of that first course O.V.C is having a day of commemoration. For more details regarding the day's activities check the upcoming E-blasts.

Apply 07 Jul - 10 Jul Work Period Servers - Open Egbert For old students
Apply 10 Jul - 21 Jul 10-Day
English / Mandarin
New Women - Wait List Old Women - Open Men - Open Servers - Open Egbert Male AT Fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin and English
Female AT Fluent in Mandarin and English
Priority will be given to Chinese speaking students for the first 6 weeks

Apply 21 Jul - 24 Jul Work Period Servers - Open Egbert For old students
Apply 24 Jul - 04 Aug 10-Day Women - Short Wait List Men - Short Wait List Servers - Open Egbert Male AT Fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin and English
Female AT Fluent in Mandarin and English
Apply 04 Aug - 07 Aug Work Period Servers - Open Egbert For old students
Apply 07 Aug - 07 Sep 30-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Egbert For old students
07 Sep - 11 Sep Work Period Applications accepted starting 10 May Egbert For old students
11 Sep - 22 Sep 10-Day Applications accepted starting 11 May Egbert
22 Sep - 24 Sep Work Period Applications accepted starting 25 May Egbert For old students
24 Sep - 28 Sep 3-Day Applications accepted starting 24 May Egbert For old students
Male Teacher Fluent in English, Gujarati and Hindi.
28 Sep - 02 Oct Work Period Applications accepted starting 31 May Egbert For old students
29 Sep Open House Open Egbert

Open to public : 1 - 4 pm

Welcome to visit the centre!  There will be a tour of the centre, two introductory talks (at 2:15pm and 3:15pm) with short video explaining the technique and a time for questions with the teachers.
 

02 Oct - 13 Oct 10-Day
English / Vietnamese
Applications accepted starting 04 Jun Egbert Male and female Assistant Teachers fluent in Vietnamese and English
Priority will be given to Vietnamese speaking students for the first 6 weeks
13 Oct - 16 Oct Work Period Applications accepted starting 15 Jun Egbert For old students
16 Oct - 20 Oct 3-Day Applications accepted starting 18 Jun Egbert For old students
20 Oct - 25 Oct Work Period Applications accepted starting 22 Jun Egbert For old students
28 Oct - 30 Oct Work Period Applications accepted starting 30 Jun Egbert For old students
30 Oct - 10 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 02 Jul Egbert Female AT fluent in Farsi
10 Nov - 13 Nov Work Period Applications accepted starting 13 Jul Egbert For old students
13 Nov - 24 Nov 10-Day Applications accepted starting 16 Jul Egbert
24 Nov - 27 Nov Work Period Applications accepted starting 27 Jul Egbert For old students
27 Nov - 08 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 30 Jul Egbert
08 Dec - 11 Dec Work Period Applications accepted starting 10 Aug Egbert For old students
11 Dec - 22 Dec 10-Day Applications accepted starting 13 Aug Egbert
22 Dec - 25 Dec Work Period Applications accepted starting 24 Aug Egbert For old students
25 December, 2019 - 05 January, 2020 10-Day Applications accepted starting 27 Aug Egbert Male and female Teachers fluent in Polish
 
Non-Centre Courses
All old students must register online to attend one day courses in GTA
2019 Dhamma Torana Non Centre Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
Apply 28 Apr 1-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open GTA North (Thornhill) For old students
Apply 11 May 1-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open GTA West (Mississauga) For old students
Apply 11 May 1-Day New Women - Closed Old Women - Open New Men - Closed Old Men - Open Servers - Open Toronto For old students
26 May 1-Day Applications accepted starting 26 Apr GTA North (Thornhill) For old students
 
 

The online application form encrypts your information before it is sent from your computer to our application server. However, it may not be totally secure even though encryption is used. If you are concerned about the possibility of security risks of your confidential information while it is on the Internet, do not use this form and instead download an application. Print and complete it. Then please send the form to the course organizers. By faxing or posting your application form it may delay the registration process by one to two weeks.


To access the Old Student Regional Site please click http://www.torana.dhamma.org/os. A user name and password will be required to access these pages.

Questions may be addressed to Email: [email protected]

All courses are run solely on a donation basis. All expenses are met by donations from those who, having completed a course and experienced the benefits of Vipassana, wish to give others the same opportunity. Neither the Teacher nor the assistant teachers receive remuneration; they and those who serve the courses volunteer their time. Thus Vipassana is offered free from commercialisation.

Old students are those who have completed a 10-day Vipassana Meditation course with S.N. Goenka or his Assistant Teachers. Old students have the opportunity to provide Dhamma Service at the courses listed.

Bilingual courses are courses which are taught in two languages. All students will hear daily meditation instructions in both languages. The evening discourses will be heard separately.

Meditation courses are held at both center and non-center locations. Meditation centers are dedicated facilities where courses are held regularly throughout the year. Before meditation centers were established in this tradition, all courses were held at temporary sites, such as campgrounds, religious retreat centers, churches and the like. Today, in regions where centers have not yet been established by local students of Vipassana who live in the area, 10 Day meditation courses are held at non-center course sites.


10-day Courses are an introductory course to Vipassana Meditation where the technique is taught step-by-step each day. The courses begin after a 2 - 4 pm registration period and orientation, followed by 10 full days of meditation, and end the morning of the 11th day by 7:30 am.

30-day Courses are open only to serious Old Students committed to this technique who have completed a minimum of six 10-day courses (one since their first 20-day course), one 20-day course, one Satipatthana Sutta course, and have been practicing regularly for at least two years.

Applications must be submitted well in advance as processing may take some time. Students who speak neither English nor one of the other announced course languages may apply for the course, however acceptance into the course will depend on the availability of required course materials, suitable translators and permission of the teacher conducting the course.

Children's Courses are open for all children aged 8-12 years old who wish to learn to meditate. Their parents/guardians do not have to be meditators.

Open Days are held between meditation courses. All are welcome to attend and learn about Vipassana Meditation and the Centre.

Satipatthana Sutta Courses have the same timetable and discipline as 10-day courses. The difference is that in the taped evening discourses the Satipatthana Sutta is carefully examined. This is the principal text in which the technique of Vipassana is systematically explained. These courses are open to serious old students who have sat (not including courses served) at least three 10-day courses, have not been practising any other meditation techniques since last 10-day course, have been practising this technique of Vipassana for at least one year, and who are trying to maintain their meditation practice and the five precepts in their daily lives, at the very minimum from the time of applying to the course.

Work Periods have been set aside to work on a variety of Centre maintenance, construction, household and gardening projects. All Old Students are welcome to participate. The daily program will include three group sittings with morning and afternoon work periods. On selected evenings, there will be tapes played of special discourses and talks that S.N. Goenka has given to Old Students.

Teenagers' Anapana Courses are available for teens in different age ranges from 13-18 years old. Their parents/guardians do not have to be Vipassana meditators.

Old Student Short Courses (1-3 days) are for any student who has completed the 10-day course with S.N. Goenka and his assistant teachers. All old students are welcome to apply to attend these courses, including those where it has been some time since their last course.